Endure Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

Posted January 6, 2016 by sophie in Blog, Blog Tours, Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: ENDURE
Author: Sara B. Larson
Release Date:
January 5th,
2016
Pages: 320
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
Audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes
& Noble
| iBooks

The remarkable third
novel in Sara B. Larson’s bestselling DEFY series!

At last, Alexa and
King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The
kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even
worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her
mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this,
Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and
deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what
awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of
black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it.
Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of
her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara
B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the DEFY trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.

I binge-read all three books in the DEFY series over Winter break. And whoa, Sara sure can take some familiar tropes and create an entire fantasy world that seems both familiar and yet, different. Having read a lot of fantasy stories this Fall and Winter, I really enjoyed the different parts.
The protagonist, Alex, is forced to tackle a male role in an intense, viscerally detailed world. The harshness of kingdoms at war brings to mind all those history lessons that actually did interest me. But, there is a stronger element of romance that is a big plot line in the series, and it is one I truly loved. From the moment Damian sees Alex as something more in DEFY to their most intense moments in ENDURE, I found the romance — swoon-worthy.
One of my absolutely favorite things in reading a series is watching how the characters develop throughout the story. And Alex shows a strength, maturity and a level-headedness that makes her immediately relatable. As a series ending story, I always wonder will things be wrapped up? Will all the questions be answered. Without any spoilerage, the answer is — yes. Just promise me you won’t flip to the back pages first to see what happens. The conclusion is satisfying and well done.
If you enjoy high fantasy stories with a strong romantic plot, put this series on your Must Read pile.
Thanks to Sara, Scholastic and Rockstar Book Tours, we have a giveaway for 3 copies of ENDURE (U.S. only, please):

Follow the rest of the ENDURE Blog Tour for guests posts, interviews, reviews and more chances to enter the giveaway:

 

Tour Schedule
Week One:
12/28/2015- Fiction Fare– Review
12/29/2015- Dark
Faerie Tales
– Interview
12/30/2015- A Backwards Story– Review
12/31/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads– Guest Post
1/1/2016- The Book Cellar– Review
Week Two:
1/4/2016- Supernatural Snark– Interview
1/5/2016- Novel Novice – Guest Post
1/6/2016- Page Turners Blog– Review
1/7/2016- Two Chicks on Books Interview

1/8/2016- Mundie Moms– Review

About Sara:
Sara
B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels
IGNITE and ENDURE. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write
books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook.
Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes in
brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and
the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should
have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or
writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.
 She’s
online at
http://www.SaraBLarson.com.
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sophie

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2 responses to “Endure Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

    • Gorgeous covers on all the books. If you like a heavy dose of romance (and who doesn't?) in your high fantasy, this series is for you. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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